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Schriever kicks off CFC

Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, speaks during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Oct. 10, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The event raised more than $450. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, speaks during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Oct. 10, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The event raised more than $450. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Col. Brian Barthel, 50th Mission Support Group commander (blue), stands in the ring with Adam Edwards, 50th Operations Group technical director, during the sumo-wrestling match at the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Oct. 10, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Edwards wrestled three commanders including Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Col. Brian Barthel, 50th Mission Support Group commander (blue), stands in the ring with Adam Edwards, 50th Operations Group technical director, during the sumo-wrestling match at the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Oct. 10, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Edwards wrestled three commanders including Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Col. Bill Liquori (blue), 50th Space Wing commander wrestles Adam Edwards, 50th Operations Group technical director, during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Oct. 10, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Edwards defeated Liquori and two other commanders during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Col. Bill Liquori (blue), 50th Space Wing commander wrestles Adam Edwards, 50th Operations Group technical director, during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Oct. 10, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Edwards defeated Liquori and two other commanders during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, takes part in the chili cook-off at the Combined Federal Campaign  kickoff Oct. 10, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. For the second year in a row, the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron won the chili cook-off. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Christopher DeWitt)

Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, takes part in the chili cook-off at the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Oct. 10, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. For the second year in a row, the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron won the chili cook-off. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team Schriever kicked off its 2014 Combined Federal Campaign Oct. 10 at the fitness center here.

"The kickoff went very well," said 1st Lt. David Merrill, CFC installation project officer. "We only had a week and a half to organize it but we had more charities and chili for the cook-off than last year."

The event raised more than $450. It also featured a sumo wrestling match between commanders including Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander.

This year's CFC theme is "My story... My choice... My pledge."

"Every Airman has a story and I encourage you to share your story," said Liquori.

Liquori shared his story about growing up as a military brat and how he chooses which charities  to support. He said he had access to many organizations growing up in the military community and values their importance.

"I like to give back to organizations that provide children's activities, contribute to veterans and build a strong community," he said. "Through CFC every contribution counts. I know there are many good things that happen from even the smallest donations,"

Barbara Barfield, CFC regional campaign manager, praised Team Schriever for its continued CFC success.

"Schriever Air Force Base has the best funding campaign in the country," she said. "It is always innovative and always fun."

There are no financial goals with this campaign, said Merrill. However, the goal is 100 percent interaction, which recognizes that today's financial environment can affect what people are able to contribute.

"Charities have affected many people even here on base," said Merrill. "I was shocked when I found out people who I work with on a daily basis were able to benefit from some of them."

The campaign enables donors to not only contribute to local organizations but to national and international charities through more mediums than ever. Through CFC, individuals now have the option to use myPay to donate.

"It is easier to give now than ever before," said Barfield. "Anything and everything counts."  

She said the campaign is an opportunity to build a greater community.

"It is truly a partnership," said Barfield.

Merrill also stressed the CFC is an opportunity to develop relationships with our peers and to learn about one another.

"The campaign enables us to ask others about their story and why they give," he said. "What is yours?"

To donate, individuals should contact their unit project officer or visit http://www.peakcfc.com/_root/index.php?content_id=5119 .

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